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Advanced Ecology (ENV526)

Organisational Unit Environmental and Conservation Sciences
Credit Points 3
Description This unit examines current theoretical and applied approaches to ecology and covers topics that are, or have emerged as, important ecological sub-disciplines at a global scale. Emphasis is placed on developing problem solving skills and critically evaluating ecological studies as well as a series of modelling exercises central to ecological sampling design.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit you should be able to:
1. Clearly describe the ecological sub-disciplines covered in this unit.
2. Use the knowledge gained to articulate on theoretical and practical approaches to address challenges to ecological integrity in Australia and more broadly.
3. Use critical thinking, data mining and mind mapping techniques to scope a topic.
4. Summarise and effectively communicate scientific information from prescribed readings.
5. Source, use and manage peer-reviewed scientific literature.
6. Effectively model and interpret ecological monitoring data.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures/tutorials: 12 x 2 hours; workshop sessions: 4 x 3 hours during the 15 week semester (Weeks 4, 7, 8 and 10).
Unit Learning Experiences Material in this unit will be delivered using a combination of LMS based lecture material, self-directed learning, interactive workshops during in-class contact, supported independent research activity and online discussion forums.
Assessment There are four assessment items during semester: (1) Participation in weekly workshop sessions to discuss lecture material and associate readings. External students will provide written responses to questions (15%; ongoing weekly assessment); (2) A critical thinking exercise in Workshop 1 (20% - approx. 500 words; Due Week 4); (3) A written proposal based on the content of Workshops 1-4, including an applied modelling exercise (25% - approx. 2500 words; Due Week 13); (4) A final exam (40% - essay style; end of semester exam block). All assessment items are marked by the unit coordinator and feedback supplied.
Prerequisites Enrolment in Bachelor of Marine Science or Graduate Certificate in Environmental Assessment and Management or Graduate Certificate in Environmental Science or Graduate Diploma in Environmental Science.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Graduate Certificate in Environmental Assessment and Management (GradCertEnvAsstMan)
Graduate Certificate in Environmental Science (GradCertEnvSc)
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


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Dr Jill Shephard
Senior Research Fellow

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 7621
e: J.Shephard@murdoch.edu.au
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